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I wanted Deepika Padukone, Priyanka to win National Award: Bhansali

While terming National Film Award winner Kangana Ranaut outstanding, Bajirao Mastani maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has said he wished for Priyanka Chopra or Deepika Padukone to win.

bollywood Updated: Mar 29, 2016 10:51 IST
Deepika padukone,priyanka Chopra,Kangana Ranaut
National Film Award winner Sanjay Leela Bhansali said he wished Priyanka Chopra or Deepika Padukone had won the best actress trophy for Bajirao Mastani.

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Monday said Kangana Ranaut, who on Monday won the National Film Award for best actress for Tanu Weds Manu Returns, is an “outstanding actress” but he would have liked Deepika Padukone to win for Bajirao Mastani.

“Kangana is an outstanding actress but deep in my heart, I wished Deepika or Priyanka had won. Deepika’s performance was splendid and Priyanka was fantastic too,” he said at a press conference. “However, as the jury thought Kangana was the better choice, I agree she has done a fabulous job in Tanu Weds Manu returns. I am very happy for Kangana but as a director-producer, I wanted Priyanka or Deepika to win,” said Bhansali, who won the best director award for Bajirao Mastani.

Read: Complete list of National Award winners

Sanjay Leela Bhansali won National Film Award for Bajirao Mastani.

Asked about working with Kangana in future, the Devdas director said: “I can’t talk about the future. It depends on planning.” The 53-year-old director said filmmaking was a liberty and not a responsibility for him.

“I don’t make films for awards or box office collection. My first preference is always audience. The audience’s love is sufficient for me.” Ranveer Singh was also not chosen for the National Award for best actor, which went to Amitabh Bachchan for his portrayal of Bhaskor Banerjee in Piku.

For Kangana, this was her third National Award. She has previously won for her performance in Queen and as a supporting actress for Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion.

First Published: Mar 29, 2016 10:48 IST